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Old 06-18-2008, 06:34 AM   #21
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2009 BMW Superbike S1000RR Unveiled!
4/16/2008
By Bart Madson

The rumors have run rampant for almost a year and now BMW Motorrad makes them official. The German marque is diving into the superbike realm with the all-new 2009 BMW S1000RR.

Details are hard to come by at this time, but the new uberbike is a 1000cc Inline-Four with which the Bavarian firm will contest the 2009 World Superbike Championship.

In a speech delivered April 16th in Munich, BMW Motorrad President, Hendrick von Kuenheim explained the new S1000RR as one part of an ambitious goal by BMW to increase motorcycle sales "by approximately 50 percent by the year 2012 to 150,000 units."

Road racing and a true sportbike in the form of the S1000RR are one part of the growth equation, the other part is expected from a bigger share of the enduro market through the recent acquisition of Husqvarna.

But back to the S1000RR. The German marque is entering into the Superbike realm to get a slice of the Japanese-dominated pie. Citing an 85% share of the literbike market by the Big Four, Kuenheim acknowledged the ambitious nature of a BMW superbike entry.

"We naturally realize that we are taking on a great challenge," said Kueheim. "Particularly the Japanese are some 20 years ahead of us in this class and have lots of experience. But even so, the spirit of this competition alone encourages us in our efforts."

The Motorrad prez went on to state the company expects to run in the top 10 during next year's championship and be contending for WSB victories by 2010.

As for the S1000RR spec sheet, Kueheim didn't go into detail saying, ""Since we are still in the middle of the development process, it would be too soon to mention any specific technical data."

But... We do know for sure it's a Four, with Kueheim promising "the engine will of course offer a number of special features, especially on the cylinder head." BMW's Duolever suspension is out, with a more traditional fork obvious up front. The BMW President also promised the new superbike would have "special traction control."

As to when the BMW S1000RR will be storming a road near you, don't expect it anytime soon. What we do know for certain is BMW has promised 1000 units will be produced by the end of 2009 to conform with WSB homologation rules.

Stay tuned for further developments.

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I would. BMW's arrogance is going to bite them in the azz in this class. It'll take years for them to be competitive methinks. They won't be able to pull a Ducati move.
BMW's got tons of $$$$, and I'm sure they can have access to, as well as develop, the latest in technology. They're not doing this on a whim. I'm pretty sure they're dead serious. They probably have the money to get a good rider, too!

Besides, this statement doesn't sound too arrogant:
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"We naturally realize that we are taking on a great challenge," said Kueheim. "Particularly the Japanese are some 20 years ahead of us in this class and have lots of experience. But even so, the spirit of this competition alone encourages us in our efforts."

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ive heard that Troy Corser might be the man that rides for them in 2009

The announcers mentioned that at the nurburgring SBK race.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:46 AM   #26
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The announcers mentioned that at the nurburgring SBK race.
indeed they did
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Yep. They got the money, so my bet is they'll get the rider.
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I was just reading the article in cycle world about the bike. The article mentions the 990 made in 2002 for the MotoGP series and will release a 1000 production models for the public in regards to the rules of the series so take it how you want but that tells me they are going to motogp with Alpha racing.
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You mean WSBK I think, right? MotoGP is 800cc's.

A buddy of mine has connections with San Jose BMW (you may have seen these guys wreckin' the MotoST class on their BMWs with Brian Parriot), and he says that they're going to the premiere class with AMA and to WSBK with that bike- bypassing the clubs and National scenes all together.

Dang Germans, they just assume that they can take what they think is the "best" of all the Japanese bikes and make their own bike to be better than the "Big 4".

I think they're underestimating the billions of miles of development that the Japanese have done over the years.
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I was just reading the article in cycle world about the bike. The article mentions the 990 made in 2002 for the MotoGP series and will release a 1000 production models for the public in regards to the rules of the series so take it how you want but that tells me they are going to motogp with Alpha racing.
I hear you man, but liter bikes aren't allowed in MotoGP. They're limited to 800cc for the premiere class.
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I hear you man, but liter bikes aren't allowed in MotoGP. They're limited to 800cc for the premiere class.
up until 2006 they were allowed 990cc's
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up until 2006 they were allowed 990cc's
Yes, but we're talking about 2009. Originally when they proposed this project, several companies were supposedly building bikes for the 990 class.

This "BMW" has a 1000cc engine.
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Yes, but we're talking about 2009. Originally when they proposed this project, several companies were supposedly building bikes for the 990 class.
with all the flip flop in recent years who the knows....whats to come.

we are looking at our "superbikes" being 600cc next year if DMG gets their way.
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That is carbon fiber heaven!

BMW hassnt released performance specs on the bike but it looks like it will do well with a good rider/ team....
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